Teachers Invited to April 2 Science Activities Night at Jefferson Lab

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 27, 2014 - Elementary- and middle-school teachers interested in learning new and innovative methods for teaching the physical sciences are invited to attend the annual Region II Teacher Night, scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, at the Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab.

The event will focus on physical science activities that teachers of fourth- through eighth-grade classes can use in the classroom. The evening's format will imitate a science fair. But instead of students showing off their science projects, more than 50 teachers will share their favorite or most-effective classroom activities. The presenting teachers will provide handouts and many will have free teaching supplies to accompany the handouts.

Activities will cover a range of topics, including friction, electrolysis, the water cycle, engineering design challenges, exothermic demonstrations, energy conservation, electricity, polymers, scientific investigation, science games, sound, force and motion, the periodic table, diffraction, the solar system, static electricity, renewable energy, and compounds and mixtures.

Teacher Night will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Jefferson Lab's CEBAF Center, located at 12000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. To reserve a spot, or for more information, contact Brita Hampton no later than Wednesday, March 19; email hampton@jlab.org or call 757-269-7633.

"The teachers presenting activities and demonstrations that evening are former and current participants in a teacher enrichment program conducted at Jefferson Lab," notes Lisa Surles-Law, a Jefferson Lab Science Education administrator. "They will be sharing many of the activities they use in their classrooms. These teachers have spent a great deal of time and energy learning new science and teaching methods, and they want to share them with the larger teaching community."

"More than 100 teachers attended each of the six previous events," Surles-Law adds. "Teacher Night is a great opportunity for sharing and learning, and finding something new to take back to the classroom."

The teacher enrichment program, JLab Science Activities for Teachers, and this teacher workshop are supported by the JSA Initiatives Fund, a grant program funded annually by Jefferson Sciences Associates, LLC.

This flyer provides additional information and includes driving instructions:

http://education.jlab.org/teachernight/flyer.pdf or go online to: http://education.jlab.org/teachernight/index.html.  For additional Teacher Resources visit Jefferson Lab's science education website at: http://education.jlab.org

The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, also known as Jefferson Lab, is a basic nuclear physics research facility. It is one of 10 national research laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science; and is managed and operated for the DOE by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC.  

Contact: Deb Magaldi, Jefferson Lab Public Affairs, ph. 757-269-5102, magaldi@jlab.org